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French JHA vMinister Nunez to EF: European Cooperation v. Terror shields Strasbourg Christmas Market

Written by ACM
Friday, 23 November 2018
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*Strasbourg/Police Headquarters/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New French JHA Deputy Minister, experienced former Head of the Intelligence service (DGSI), Laurent Nunez, replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question, ensured that European and even International Cooperation is a constant and developing Key for the Protection of emblematic Popular Events, as that of Strasbourg's "Christmas Market", from remaining eventual Terrorist threats, as he said while reviewing on the spot the Security Mechanism of the City which Hosts the PanEuropean CoE, EU Parliament's full Plenary Sessions, ECHR, EU-Ombudsman, EUROCORPS, Shengen's Secretariat, etc., near Germany.

 

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Strasbourg has Recently become also Capital of the New, Big Region of "Great East", which Links the Borders of 5 EU Countries at the Core of Europe : France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium, (i.e. practicaly Linking UN European HQ at Geneva with Strasbourg and Luxembourg EU[+CoE] Quarters, up to Brussels' EU Council and Commission, as well as NATO's HQ+, etc).


The move Timely comes just a few Days after the Inauguration of the New Headquarters, here, of the European Agency for Information Systems "EU-Lisa", (which includes, inter alia, also Shengen's, Movement, Visa +Asylum systems' Secretariat, etc), whose Experienced CEO, Krum GARKOV, has already been Interviewed by "Eurofora" 3 Times, (inside CoE, the French Prefecture, and EU Parliament : See, f.ex., http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/shengendirectoronsmartborders.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euitheadgarkovonantiterrorismnewtools.html, etc).


New French JHA vice-Minister's brief but topical INTW with "Eurofora" Today, follows a Long Series of similar Press Exhanges that we already had in the Past with Many among his Predecessors at the Leadership of the Ministry of Interior, including, among others, also : Gerard Collomb (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchministercollombandschaubleonprotestantecumenism.html, etc), Bertrand Cazeneuve (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchinteriorministeronfrancogermancooperationagainstterrorism.htmlhttp://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchjhaministeroneubordersandfightvterrorism.html, etc), Manuel Valls (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/parisattackonciviliansanditaly.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministeroninnovationprojects.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministervallsonhightechfunding.html, etc), Claude Gueant (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/gueantoneuidentityfuture.html, etc), Brice Hortefeux (f.ex.:  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/regionalelections.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozyxristofias.html, etc), Michele Alliot-Marie (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mamjustice.html, etc).


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  - "Eurofora" asked Laurent Nunez, at his Press-point in Strasbourg, whether, "concerning the (Islamist) Terrorist Risks" there are "useful Cooperationq with (his) collegues in (nearby) Germany and other European Countries".


- "Of course !", immediately responded the New French JHA v.Minister to the above mentioned "Eurofora"s Question, spontaneously.


- Indeed, "we are Working", specially, " in order to Prevent the Threat of Terrorism", he specified, (clearly Upgrading that issue from "Risk" up to "Threat", according to the precise Wording that chose carefully the experienced Author of the recent Book : "We need new Words", published in 2018).


- In fact, "there is a Very Close Cooperation, at the level of All Services", in this regard, he firmly confirmed.


 - But this is going on "particularly, you know, as far as it concerns the Intelligence" services, specified Nunez, (who has, notoriously, a Wide personal Experience, covering Both Intelligence, as former Head of the French Intelligence "DST", and Police, etc., aiming to valorize their Synergy).


- "Therefore, I will develop further this (International) cooperation", he anounced.


- It will be done "Together with (JHA Minister) Mr. (Philip) Castaner", (former Government's Press Spokesman), pointed out Nunez (who is generaly considerd as more "Operational" in Police/Intelligence's Practice, compared to Castaner's more "Political" profile).


- And this concerns, in principle, not only some EU Member States, but, More Widely, "All the Countries of the World", he stressed, ambitiously.  


- Naturally, "Including in the Relations that we (France) have with our German Friends", Laurent Nunez added in fine, speaking in Strasbourg, i.e. Near the Franco-German Borders at the Rhine river, and, therefore, making a Special Mention to the relevant Cooperation with Germany.         


In this regard, among various other Facts, nobody can forget, f.ex., that the Mass Murderer who cowardly Targetted, Attacked and Murdered many innocent Civilian People at Berlin's 2016 Christmas Market, had, Afterwards, crossed, throughout France, into neighbouring Italy, where he was reportedly Shot Dead by the Police, (which had been, previously, Warned).          


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+ Furthermore, the New French JHA v.Minister also underlined the current existence of "a Context in which the (Islamist) Terrorist Threat remains very High", stimulating, therefore, the French State's will to "ensure that this Christmas Market will take place in the Best Conditions of Security", as he promised.

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- That's why "I was here (in Strasbourg) in order to see how the Security Mechanism is being set up", during this Christmas Market, "which durates until the End of December" 2018, he explained, shortly after Completing a Series of Fast-Track but Comprehensive Briefings and Exchanges with the Leadership of the Police, other Security services and local Political Leaders, here.                            

 

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- Indeed, during an Initial and "dense" working Visit at Strasbourg's Police HeadQuarters, including its impressive "Command Center" with "Video-Surveillance", etc, already used for NATO's 2009 Summit, (Comp. "Eurofora"s relevant NewsReports then, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mamnato.html, etc), followed by a Brief but Active Walk through the Christmas Market Stands downtown, 

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Laurent Nunez reviewed "an Important Mechanism, which involves Many Agents of National Police, as well as of the Municipal Police, and even Soldiers, but also Private Security services, etc, in a Security Co-Production", as he described it, during his Press-point with Strasbourg's Journalists, including "Eurofora".

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More than + 500 Security Agents (including Policemen and Soldiers, etc) are due to protect Strasbourg's Traditional, 450th Christmas Market of 2018, with about 300 Stands in a specially Fortified Downtown, which expects to Welcome Visitors from all over the World during more than a Month, generating almost 250 Millions all € in all, after over-Tripling Security Expenditure from 300.000 up to 1 Million €, (a few Years after the 2015 Attacks on Paris and Brussels, followed by those at Berlin, London, Nice, Barcelona, etc. on 2016/2017).

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+ "Eurofora" witnessed, afterwards, on the spot, that this 2018 Strasbourg's Christmas Market, includes, for the 1st Time, also a Large "Finnish Village" of various Stands set up by the Government of Finland, on the occasion of its Presidency of the CoE, (November 2018 - May 2019), that has just Started with a PanEuropean Summit of its Committee of Ministers, the Day Before Yesterday (on November 21, 2018), during which, the Foreign Minister of that Country, Timo Soini, (Comp. also his Statements to "Eurofora", at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/finlandcoechairsoinionechrdecisionsexecution.html ), proudly reminded that, according to the Legend, ..."Santa Claus lives in Finland !"

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More Practical, Strasbourg City's vice-Mayor for European/International Relations, Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, pointed, during a Flag-raising Ceremony at the City's Republic Square, that same Day, that the "Finnish Village" includes a Tasty Flamed-Salmon, which, as we personaly saw Today, (November 23, 2018), at the Inauguration of this Year's Christmas Market, appeared to be particularly appreciated by Many Visitors.

 

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As well as Helsinki's Good Idea to exceptionaly add also a Wooden Finnish mini-House, a lot of Spacy, illuminated Tables, and even a Huge, rustic Village Tent, with Wooden Seats, Furs and a Camp Fire to keep People Warm during these Cold Winter evenings, which soon became very Popular, filled by a lot of visiting Families with Kids, in a Sympathetic Human Ambiance, at Gutemberg Square, with view to Strasbourg's Historic Cathedral...

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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